Bell P-39L Airacobra

The P-39 tends not to get a lot of attention in histories of the Second World War.

But I think I’ve found the least documented unit with a long combat history! Let’s take a look.

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Cars and Planes

Yankee Air Museum, at Willow Run Airport, had a fun cars and planes event today, presumably to make up for this year’s cancelled air show.

I had some fears when I signed up, like I might feel silly with the only muscle car at a classic car event. But no, this is still the Motor City area, lots of all sorts. From a 1930 Chevy to a 1950 Studabaker, to a 2016 Morgan and all varieties in between. Including an assortment of Mustangs, Corvettes, MGs, Cobras and more modern muscle. Mine was the only Challenger I saw, but not the only 392 Hemi.

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Cromwell Mk IV (A27M)

An excellent British tank of the later War years, the Cromwell is perhaps less well known than much hardware of the Western Europe Campaign.

Let’s take a look at a very useful design.

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Polikarpov I-153

At the start of World War II the Soviet Union had a vast combat air force that was not quite modern.

Let’s take a look at one of the most prevalent types.

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Grumman TBF-1 Avenger

The US Navy’s upset victory at Midway is well known, a hard won American triumph.

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Let’s take a look at a part of the cost of that victory. Continue reading

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Panzerjager Jagdtiger

The dramatic spiral in size and capability continued to the end of World War II.

Just what were the upper limits? Could a monster vehicle be effective in combat? Let’s take a look.

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North American F-6A Mustang

Early production Mustangs often generate a lot of confusion and mis-information.

Let’s take a look at one and it’s role.

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Humber Armoured Car Mark IV

This ubiquitous vehicle accompanied the British Army everywhere from 1941 to the end of World War II.

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Hawker Hurricane Mk IId

A reasonably successful effort to bring anti-tank capability to the Desert Air Force.

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Let’s take a look at a late model Hurricane. Continue reading

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Sd.Kfz.222

Another of the ubiquitous armored cars employed by every military in World War II.

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Let’s take a look at a more or less “typical” piece of hardware. Continue reading

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